Other Trades' Tools That Serve In The Shop #2: From the Printer and the Doctor and the Mortician

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 05-06-2011 11:25 PM 1154 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Two and a half inches on the long leg, as you likely can read. Made by Starrett. This is a printer’s tool, given to me in hopes, perhaps, that I’d be the third generation in the trade. Wonderful, precise, satin-feeling measuring device.

When your throat is feeling obstreperous, you’ll likely encounter one of these. Great for epoxy work, stirring those teensy cans of paint, and evoking the Pavlovian “AAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaah” response.

To change the blade of my radial arm saw, you must place a 5/16 allen wrench in the end of the shaft and a 1” straight wrench on the arbor nut. It is awkward to turn, and in fact is a reverse thread. This casket wrench just fits that allen socket and you can get the blade changed in nothing flat. Please don’t tell me you’re dying to get one of these, but if you are, it’s likely your local funeral home can furnish you one.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 05-07-2011 02:58 AM

I have the 4” Starrett machinist’s scale. Nifty little bugger. I usually some little cutoff stick for paint. I like your casket wench, too.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 03:35 AM

I like that square and after they use the casket wrench on you, pass it forward, others will need it. enjoy

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#3 posted 05-08-2011 11:26 PM

I’m with cabmaker, You had me till the wrench. wow

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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